The Vanguard Group, Inc. recently announced the acquisition of new stake in PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ:PYPL). The institutional investor has increased its shareholding in the Financial company by 1.14% to 91.2 million shares with purchase of 1.03 million shares. This fresh investment now brings its stake to 7.89% valued currently at $7.62 billion. In addition, SSgA Funds Management, Inc. raised its holdings by 0.59 million to 44.69 million shares. And Geode Capital Management LLC has lifted its position by 2.09% or 0.42 million shares – to 20.68 million shares.
With over 13.65 million PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) shares trading Monday and a closing price of $80.63 on the day, the dollar volume was approximately $1.1 billion. The shares have shown a negative half year performance of -0.68% and its price on 11/21/22 lost nearly -5.05%. Currently, there are 1.15B common shares owned by the public and among those 1.14B shares have been available to trade.
An analysis of what Wall Street brokers have to say about the expected price targets for this stock gives us this picture: 50 analysts who have offered their price forecasts for PYPL have a consensus price objective of $105.67. The analysts have set the share’s price value over the next 12 months at a high of $160.00 and a low of $75.00. The average price target is 24.68% above its recent price level and a downside to the estimated low will see the stock lose -7.51% over that period. But an upside of 49.61% will see the stock hit the forecast high price target while median target price for the stock is $101.00.
Insiders at the company have transacted a total of 128 times over the past 12 months, according to data filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). 79 of these insider trades were purchases, accounting for 1,085,174 shares. Insider sales of the common stock occurred on 49 occasions, with total insider shares sold totaling 582,561 shares.
The top 3 mutual fund holders in PayPal Holdings Inc. are Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, Vanguard 500 Index Fund, and Invesco QQQ Trust. Vanguard Total Stock Market Index owns 34.71 million shares of the company’s stock, all valued at over $2.9 billion. The company bought an additional 0.18 million shares recently to bring their total holdings to about 3.00% of the shares outstanding. Vanguard 500 Index Fund bought 0.26 million shares to see its total holdings expand to 26.46 million shares valued at over $2.21 billion and representing 2.29% of the shares outstanding. Invesco QQQ Trust sold 15350.0 shares to bring its total holdings to over 16.75 million shares at a value of $1.4 billion. Invesco QQQ Trust now owns shares totaling to 1.45% of the shares outstanding.
Shares of PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) opened at $84.26, down -$0.66 from a prior closing price of $84.92. However, the script later moved the day high at 84.79, down -5.05%. The company’s stock has a 5-day price change of -9.92% and -13.49% over the past three months. PYPL shares are trading -57.24% year to date (YTD), with the 12-month market performance down to -58.35% lower. It has a 12-month low price of $67.58 and touched a high of $202.50 over the same period. PYPL has an average intraday trading volume of 13.64 million shares. The stock is trading above its simple moving averages at the SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200, as the current price level is off by -4.29%, -7.35%, and -12.00% respectively.
Institutional ownership of PayPal Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) shares accounts for 76.00% of the company’s 1.15B shares outstanding. Mutual fund holders own 38.63%, while other institutional holders and individual stakeholders account for 6.25% and 35.38% respectively.
It has a market capitalization of $92.70B and a beta (3y monthly) value of 1.34. The stock’s trailing 12-month PE ratio is 41.01, while the earnings-per-share (ttm) stands at $1.97. The company has a PEG of 3.55 and a Quick Ratio of 1.30 with the debt-to-equity ratio at 0.53. Price movements for the stock have been influenced by the stock’s volatility, which stands at 4.38% over the week and 4.39% over the month.
Analysts forecast that PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) will achieve an EPS of $0.96 for the current quarter, $1.18 for the next quarter and $4.78 for 2023. The lowest estimate earnings-per-share for the quarter is $0.93 while analysts give the company a high EPS estimate of $1.03. Comparatively, EPS for the current quarter was $1.11 a year ago. Earnings per share for the fiscal year are expected to decrease by -0.70%, and 16.83% over the next financial year. EPS should shrink at an annualized rate of 11.54% over the next five years, compared to 25.00% over the past 5-year period.
If you are looking to buy this stock, then you may note that the average analyst recommendation by 50 brokerage firm advisors rate PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) as a “Moderate Buy” at a consensus score of 2.10. Specifically, 30 Wall Street analysts polled rate the stock as a buy, while 13 of the 50 advise that investors “hold,” and 0 rated it as a “Sell.”
Looking at the support for the PYPL, a number of firms have released research notes about the stock. Susquehanna stated their Neutral rating for the stock in a research note on September 20, 2022, with the firm’s price target at $115-$100. Raymond James coverage for the PayPal Holdings Inc. (PYPL) stock in a research note released on September 14, 2022 offered a Outperform rating with a price target of $123. BofA Securities was of a view on August 31, 2022 that the stock is Buy, while Daiwa Securities gave the stock Outperform rating on August 16, 2022, issuing a price target of $85- $116. SMBC Nikko on their part issued Neutral rating on August 03, 2022.